Snow Painting! One Small Way to Make Winter a Little Less Painful.

I realize that I am super late in the game for winter time activities for tots, but we just got our first real snow of the season here in VA. We’ve made some paper snowmen here and there, had a chance to go sledding while visiting family, talked about why it’s so cold and all, but this has been our first chance to really get into winter and the snow. Oh joy.

Yesterday we did our obligatory snow play in the fresh (albeit ice coated) snow (have you picked up yet that I’m not a snow  lover?) but today was just too cold. Not surprisingly, E woke up all sorts of ready to go play in the snow, but with it being 18 degrees at 8am, that was not about to happen. So I brought the snow inside for a little snow painting.

This is a ridiculously easy activity, and one that covers art, science and sensory all in one.I’d love to say I was the inventor of this awesomeness, but, not so much. I found it on The Pleasantest Thing this morning, and was game as it didn’t involve medicine droppers as many other indoor snow art activities do. One of these days I will remember to buy those. All you need is snow, paint, a few cups, paintbrushes and paper. {For those little ones who might still want to taste the colors, substitute food coloring for paint}


We mixed green, blue, and pink into three separate cups and E went to town painting her paper with the colorful snow.



The sensory part is pretty clear: snow is cold and wet! For the science end, here are some opportunities for early science exploration and language to take advantage of:

Talking about warm versus cold: “Your hands are warm, but what happens when you hold the cold cup of snow paint?”

Making predictions for what will happen to the snow: “What do you think will happen when we paint with the snow? Will it stay cold and frozen, or will it melt? What’s your prediction?”

Observing what’s happening to the snow on the paper: “It looks like the snow paint is getting watery as the snow melts. Are you observing that too?”

Taking the temperature of the snow: After the snow melts take the temperature of the melted snow. Draw a thermometer and mark the two readings. “Did the temperature of the snow go up or down when it melted?”

After E was done painting I put the bowl of leftover snow I had gathered onto a tray along with some spoons and cups and let her go to town. She loved it, and I in my ever exciting and luxurious mom-life I got to put a load of laundry in, make a bed and clean the playroom.

All in all, this was well worth the trek outside to get some snow. E now “obsuvs” and knows that snow “mels”, and I defied the laws of physics and gained a few more minutes in the day.






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